I was born and raised in central Florida, where mosquitoes are as plentiful as the sunshine. Dealing with mosquitoes became a way of life for me, as it is for millions of other people around the world. Growing up, nobody liked the hassle of spraying repellent if you wanted to spend time outside during evening hours, but it saved you from the annoyance of those itchy mosquito bites.
But more importantly, it helped prevent the possibility of deadly disease like encephalitis.
In recent years, there’s been an emergence of a deadly virus called Zika. Chances are, you’ve heard talk about this virus, but you may feel that you don’t know as much as you should about it. Perhaps you’re even unsure of where you can go for reliable and up-to-date information about it.
Thankfully, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has done a tremendous job of educating the public about the dangers of both mosquitoes and Zika with a comprehensive library of topics, and I wanted to partner with the CDC to help spread the word.
Mosquitoes aren’t just an annoying pest that leaves itchy bites… It’s a dangerous little bug that should command our utmost attention! As the CDC itself says, “When it comes to protecting the next generation from Zika, we?re in this together. Take action to protect pregnant women, babies, and your family from the spread of Zika and help prevent birth defects.”
For your convenience, I have embedded a Zika virus microsite below, which is linked directly to the CDC and is updated in real-time. Please feel free to use it and educate yourself and your family about the dangers of mosquitoes and Zika.
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